Anyone and everyone who can swim regardless of age in theory, although we tend to teach people from age 8 upwards. If you are younger and keen speak to us first before booking so we can advise if a surf lesson is feasible for your age. A decent level of fitness will help, but you don't have to turn pro to enjoy surfing - the best surfer is the one having the most fun, even if that involves falling off a few times! If you're interested give it a go...
No experience is neccessary, but you will need to be able to swim and feel fairly confident in the water. We use 50m as a good distance people should be able to comfortably swim before learning to surf. Beginners start in shallow water though so we will work at a pace you feel comfortable with.
If you have your own board and wetsuit bring them with you. If you don't, suitable ones will be provided. You should bring a towel and swimsuit to wear underneath the wetsuit. Sunscreen and a warm top for after your surf are also not a bad idea, and possibly a bottle of water and small snack for when you're done, as you can use up a lot of energy in the water.
Each session lasts either for half a day (2hrs) or a full day (4hrs delivered in 2hr x 2 sessions) - you choose which suits you. You can book a one off session, or benefit from discounts on prices by booking a short course of a few together.
This depends on you, but for group bookings no more than 8-10 people will be in any one group session. If you have a larger group we can either run two sessions back to back or two instructors will go in the water with you. We currently have a maximum number of teaching 30 people in a group (with 3 instructors) at any one time. We offer you the opportunity to learn at your own pace, with one to one attention so you can learn on your own or bring a friend or two, it's up to you.
We offer surf instruction for beginners and improvers and specialist surf coaching for more advanced surfers wanting to develop their skills further, or those interested in turning pro or wanting to learn techniques for competitions. Sessions are suitable for both adults and children and are tailored to your needs.
Lessons can be arranged for any time or day of the week, subject to availability. We are based in Porthcawl, but teach down the South Wales coastline. We'd generally go to the beach with the best conditions for your ability at the time of your lesson - we go where the waves are!